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October 9th, 2009

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02:38 pm - Jean Shepherd Quote of the Day
On life: "It's all gallimaufry and a yard wide."

I think I may have a new motto.

Much like WC Fields, Shep was fond of the word gallimaufry and occasionally waged a one-man campaign to bring the word back into common usage. I won't go so far as to spearhead a new campaign 30 years later, but by gum I'll use it every chance I get.

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Date:October 9th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
I assumed it was a Dr. Who reference.
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Date:October 9th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
I was wondering if that's why Dr. Who was from Galifrey! What better a way to describe a planet that's home to a gallimaufry of ideas.
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Date:October 9th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
I'll weave it into my lectures. Statistically speaking, one of these kids is going to be either a cabinet minister, the editor of the financial times, half of the best comedy duo in 2017, or the commander of the British armed forces. One of them using it will do the job. Especially the last one.
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Date:October 12th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Refreshing to see, for the first time outside my own head, this in a definition: "spoken in a facetious tone for a quick laugh." Also, kudos on doing the same with "by gum."

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